Indian Passport Renewal, Re-issue–Required Documents, Process. NO Need for Agent.


Many of us have lot of questions regarding Indian passport renewal (it is called re-issue by passport seva kendra, read note below) like below.

  • Do I need Police verification letter
  • Do I need  to get an affidavit from notary
  • Do I need to get a letter from someone like SP, District Collector, Military Officer
  • Would I need an agent for renewal ? I don’t know the process

So many other questions…In fact, I had the same set of questions. Recently, I had my passport renewed/ re-issued at Hyderabad Passport office. Let me share my experience and some insights.

Note: “Renewal and Re-issue are used interchangeably in the article. There is subtle difference. The term renewal is used, if you have a passport with Short Validity Passport (SVP) and you are applying for extending the same. In that case, you will still be getting a new book. Unlike, Re-issue relates to exhaustion of pages, passport reaching the end of 10 year validity. The below experience is for Re-issue, but I have used to the terms interchangeably”

Background :  My passport is set to expire in under 6 months and I have renewed the passport before expiry.  Set of documents may vary , if expired passport…nevertheless, the process should not change.

Step by Step Process for Indian Passport Renewal / Re-issue:

1.       Register Online at Passport Seva Website :

All you need to do is go online and register yourself at the Passport Seva Website . You will be asked to enter some basic Information regarding your current address, if any changes to your current status like Marriage, if you would like to add your spouse name, etc.  Just enter the details and save it.

2.       Book a Slot or Walk –in :

You will asked to book a slot right after you register. You can do that using the option.  You can only book slots when they open. Depending on the Passport Seva Kendra the timings will vary. For Hyderabad, the slots open at 4 PM.  You need to visit Passport Seva Kendra Slot Open timings Webpage to get the most updated information.    Just search online on the passport seva Kendra page.   Typically for renewal/ re-issue, if you do NOT get a slot, do NOT worry. You can walk-in to a passport seva Kendra between  9 and 11 AM for Hyderabad PSK.  This information and time can vary by passport seva Kendra. You need to check the website for details. In fact,  I got this information when I went to the passport office to get some background information.    There is a misconception that walk-in appointments are only for Tatkal, but that is not true for renewals.

3.       Identify the list of documents :

You have a nice step by step guide to help you identify the list of documents that you need for your passport renewal. If you go to the home page and click on list of documents required under the section of renewal / re-issue, you will get a form to select options. Based on options it will show the list of documents that you need.  These are the documents you will need. NO Additional documents are required. In fact, I called the customer support as well and they said the same list and my experience at Passport seva Kendra says the same.  You do NOT require additional documents.  Do NOT listen to others.


List of documents for Indian Passport Renewal / Re-issue

  •  You must print out the online form that you printed out with the Application Reference number ( ARN ) and carry with you. It is mandatory to have this document with you.


Same Address as in your Old Passport

  • You do NOT need anything other than photo copy of your passport first page, last page and the page with ECNR info. You will do self-attestation ( your own signature)
  • You may carry current address proof like a utility bill or Bank statement or Voter card, etc… see below for some of those documents.
  • If you would like to add your spouse name, carry original and photo copy of your marriage certificate. It is required.

Change in Address – Different one from your Old passport address

  • Just like above,  first, last and ECNR page photo copy with self attestation
  • Address proof of change in address – Any one of the below is acceptable.
    • Any one of the  Utility bills like Water, Telephone, Electricity Bills –  You need at least for 2 months  of which one should be of current year and other should be of previous year.
    • Proof of gas connection.
    • Ration Card with address .
    • Bank Statement  for 1 year, Passbook of the bank account with address on it.
    • Any of the cards like Adhar card, Voter ID, etc.

There are other set of documents that you can get off the website. The above are very common ones.

 4.  Go to Passport Seva Kendra 

If you have got a slot, go at that exact time or 15 min before, no need to go there and sweat.  If you would like to walk-in, thats even better. I did a walk-in without any appointment. It went fine.   All the details about process in  PSK will be described in next article.

Do I need a Passport Agent  ?  What value do they add ?

Well, first thing that comes to our mind is do I need an agent to get my passport renewed.  Honestly, it is not required. Things have changed quite a bit and the process has been streamlined. You do NOT need an agent.  There are many stories that agent might say to you like I will get you slot, etc…but, the fact is that you do NOT need an agent. If you go online at the time they say as mentioned in website, you should be fine.  They go out in first 30 min or so.  But, typically for re-issue or renewal you do not need one. You can directly walk-in to the passport seva Kendra in the specified time.

Check out the next article,  exact Process at a Passport Seva Kendra and some key pointers .


261 comments… add one

  • Dinesh Sep 30, 2015 Reply

    Passport for re-issue has been undertaken by PSK for change of personal details (address), for the same they have issued a notice in lieu of post-issuance police verification – is this normal?

  • Ravi Sep 28, 2015 Reply

    My passport copy was exposed to scammers, I was told to get the passport reissued, I have still three years validity, my us visa expired, whom I have to contact for reissuing passport, what are the process to be followed ?

  • stuti Sep 17, 2015 Reply

    I have got my fresh passport two months ago…. but my signature now and that on the passport is different. it is difficult for me to  sign d same as on passport. What process will I have to take for changing the signature on passport?

  • @mala [email protected] Sep 16, 2015 Reply

    My passport has expired in 2006. I have to renew it. But there is spelling mistake in my father’s name in old passport. Now in my new passport I have to correct the name of my father. Can u plz suggest me the way. Should I go for renewal or fresh passport.

    • Kumar Sep 19, 2015 Reply

      You should apply for renewal, indicating your old passport details. Have the proof for right spelling for your father and submit documentation ccordingly, Check the website for more details.

  • Jit Sep 7, 2015 Reply


    I want to know that how soon we can get our passport re-new. It is going to expire on 21 Feb-2016.

  • amarjeet singh pannu Aug 30, 2015 Reply

    sir, i am working with lic of india & my passport is expiring on 16th.August,2016. Is” No Objection Certificate” mandatory.

  • R Kumar Aug 25, 2015 Reply

    In my passport little bit mistake in address Actual address is Flat F10 and on passport mention Flat 10 ( F is missing ) it is because of my mistake during filling the application form . what is the procedure for correction

  • Sukumar Aug 22, 2015 Reply

    Hi , my sons passport got damaged and have applied for re-issue the passport de a Kendra has said it cannot be done there and I need to go to RPO. Just curious as to how long will it take for it to arrive? Why no tat kal for minors ??

  • Zubair Khan Aug 17, 2015 Reply

    I have renewed my passport 10 days back. On my passport my spouse name is also endorsed. My spouse’s passport is also due for renewal. As my passport is renewed my spouse will also face police verification.
    Pls. Reply

  • k.hari prasad Aug 16, 2015 Reply

    I want renewal my passport ,I had applied from my native in Andhra pradesh now I am in banglore karnataka can renewal in bangalore

  • DEVA Aug 15, 2015 Reply

    I am going for renewal of passport as I lost it. Appointment is on Monday 18th Aug. When can I expect my passport to be delivered to me

    • Samur Sep 28, 2015 Reply

      Hello there I also went through.the same, my passport in.couple.of.months.and.I planed at early, my passport in short time.
      Ist go.through procedures the.Web site apply.for.reissue.and.choose.the.tatkal.option.
      Pay 1500 by sbi
      Then.u.may get appointment followed.the.submission of.file.
      Cary.the original passport.with you and.present address proof Pass book or other site

      And asked.why you.want.passport urgent tell.them.the.reason sincerely and are enough lucky then they.will not reverify from.the.police
      .and hopefully you will get c amazing and.accredible sms that your passport has.been.dispatched.on the
      Be sincere don’t.make.any fabricate stories
      I think current ministry.of.ex.affairs.are working.on fast them.10STARS **********

  • sujit roy Aug 15, 2015 Reply

    sir i am working in Malaysia my company and my agent citing with me now i working with out passport and visa . if have any way to get new passport and visa

  • Manish Baghel Aug 11, 2015 Reply

    Hi , I applied for reissue of passport expiring on 15/03/2016, at kolkata PSK, got address proof and Spouse name to be added. I was doing it under tatkal scheme, all went well until I reached c section. At c section I was told that there is a box notification against your name (possible court case etc) and you have to meet APO, I met APO and he told me that you have to see RPO as there is some security concern about some pending court case against you! I do not have any pending court case rather never had any. They told me to visit RPO after two days. So planning to visit RPO Thursday. I very disappointed as I need passport urgently. I don’t have any idea from where they found any court case pending against me. I don’t know what this could be?

  • Sundaram Dhanasekaran Aug 11, 2015 Reply

    O +

    I have taken my passport in Bhubaneswar in the year 2006. It expires on 01/11/2016. Now ,I am in Chennai from 2011 onwards. I would like to go abroad during November2015 and stay there for about six months, for which visa document is there for sufficient period. Now, what is the time requirement for renewal of my passport from Chennai? I am a resident Indian.

  • Manish Baghel Aug 4, 2015 Reply

    Hi , I applied for reissue of passport expiring on 15/03/2016, at kolkata PSK, got address proof and Spouse name to be added. I was doing it under tatkal scheme, all went well until I reached c section. At c section I was told that there is a box notification against your name (possible court case etc) and you have to meet APO, I met APO and he told me that you have to see RPO as there is some security concern about some pending court case against you! I do not have any pending court case rather never had any. They told me to visit RPO after two days. So planning to visit RPO Thursday. I very disappointed as I need passport urgently. I don’t have any idea from where they found any court case pending against me. I don’t know what this could be?

  • Manzoor Jul 28, 2015 Reply

    Please any one can explain about reissue passport becouse i am going to change address in my recent passport. After change address under passport reissue there will change passport number or it will remain same number ?

    • Kumar Jul 28, 2015 Reply

      You will very likely get a new Passport Number. The new passport will have an indication of the old passport number in it.

      • Manzoor Jul 28, 2015 Reply

        Dear rahul.
        I have work visa for kuwait with mention old passport .is there will be problem for visa stamping if i will sbubmit new passport with new number. Please explain.

  • Rahul Kumar Jul 28, 2015 Reply

    Rahul kumar

  • sweety Jul 24, 2015 Reply

    hi all,
    my passport verification has done successfully but at the time of receiving passport it has been returned due to my postal address couldn’t found.
    what should i do now because i am shifted to new city is there any facility to apply it online please let me know

  • Rags Jul 23, 2015 Reply

    Hi, my parents are in India and their passports are going to expire in 9 months. I am in US. planning to fill online and send them docs. but here my question is . Can my father go alone and submit my mother’s passport renewal too..?

  • ravi Jul 19, 2015 Reply


    i want to apply for h1b visa ,i am an indian, present i am working in malaysia, wht is the process to apply h1b visa from malaysia , if we apply from malaysia do we get malaysia quota for h1b

  • Suresh.Av Jul 19, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kumar

    Thanks a lot for this valuable info. I am in bit strange situation. I am NRI staying abroad since last 5 years. My Indian passport permanent address no more exist. I don’t have any permanent address proof in India. Except I have my brother who own flat staying in Mumbai. How does it work ? Kindly advise –
    P.S: I have been roaming in different countries so I don’t have permanent address in abroad as well

  • SACHIN NARAYANAN Jul 18, 2015 Reply

    My passport will expire on 9th month of 2015. Now I am in Liberia (West Africa) Here is no Indian embassy. So could you pls help me to advice how can I renew my passport.

    • Suresh AV Jul 19, 2015 Reply

      Hi Sachin,

      1) As per Indain Gov. website there is a mission – @Liberia – Monrovia. Check there also raise query on MOE / passport website.
      2) write to nearest country – Indian HC (nearest country IHC/CGI) and advise if you could apply by sending your application there.
      3) At last resort; you need to go there apply under Tatkal and come back – I really hope you don’t need to excercise this option

  • falish Jul 17, 2015 Reply

    can u pls tell me how to re-issue appointment date?? last time i wasn’t able to reach on time and they told me to re-issue the date

  • swati Jul 6, 2015 Reply

    is there any change in passport number after re-issue of passport or it will remain same as of old passport number?

    • Raghava Jul 15, 2015 Reply

      Yes. it will change the number.

  • Amol Autade Jul 5, 2015 Reply

    As a proof of adres can I submit light bill in name of my mother

  • arun shetty Jun 25, 2015 Reply

    Sir. My passport expired on 19 September 2011.can renew my passport.last time renewed in Mumbai. I got ration card and driving license from mumbai. Can I renew the passport.plz guide me sir.with lnformation

  • IRANNA Jun 24, 2015 Reply

    Hello everybody
    I live in Oman and my kids are in India. Their passports are going to expire within six months and I cant b India any sooner than that. So my query is that, can I renew them after they get expire?!. Or will it b not valid?!. Plz help me with this

    • Karandeep Malik Jun 27, 2015 Reply

      You can easily renew passport one year before expiry to 3 yrs after expiry. If your passport is expired beyond 3 years, you can still renew but it requires more documents.

  • Nellipunath Anil Sreedharan Jun 15, 2015 Reply

    I am a Thane ( Maharashtra )based guy, at present on a project i am in south india. My passport is getting expired in 6 months time. Can i renew my passport from Kerala/chennai. My passport was issued from thane passport office and my address on it is the same on which i will be renewing my passport.
    Please inform.

  • Varsha Jun 4, 2015 Reply

    My mother’s passport has stolen with valid visa of UAE( But near expiry), now we are reapplying for new passport but there is a big hurdle that we don’t hv marksheet nd birth certificate. What should we do in such case. Plz help us.

  • Sandeep Dakhneja May 26, 2015 Reply

    i have applied for my wife’s passport there are following changes required :-
    Addition of Spouse Name

    can you tell me what all documents ll i need to carry at her appointment..

  • Shas May 25, 2015 Reply

    I need to get my spouse name updated in my passport. My address in my passport is of my native which is my own house and my parents dwelling there. But I stay in bangalore. Wanted to know will there be police verification for change if maritial status and spouse name addition? Or can i goahead and get it added with my old address even if its not my current address please advice..

    Thanks in advance

  • ridwan. May 17, 2015 Reply

    This is not a complaint. .this only..doubt. .
    How many time for give passport in case of normal level after enquery..?

    • dude May 23, 2015 Reply

      If all the documents are correct, and police verification is ok, passport comes to house by post in 15 to 20 days. Police can hold up verification for a month if you do not go and see them… In tatkal scheme it can come within 7 days if all details are fine.

  • Jyoti Prakash Singh May 11, 2015 Reply

    I want to know…what is the time bound to renew my pass port

  • g.ramesh May 7, 2015 Reply

    i wanna apply for passport, i have my documents in bangalore address is it possible for me to apply from chennai cos i am working in chennai.

    • dude May 23, 2015 Reply

      Not a good idea as passport office can verify correctness of present address and if found wrong, you will be fined thousands of rupees and waste time re-applying all over again. Since passport officials now adays get bonus for detecting and imposing fine, they have become very smart in detecting incorrect and clever tricks.

      • dude May 23, 2015 Reply

        additional info : if you have stayed in chennai less than a year, submit bangalore addr proof for part of the year before going to chennai and chennai addr proof for actual duration of stay in chennai.

        If you are working for a reputed company in Chennai, ask the HR to give addr proof letter in company letter head, if you require passport for this company work they will help otherwise no.

  • nimish a mehta May 3, 2015 Reply

    hi,my passport and my wife is getting over on 22/6/15 and i need to renew the same,what documents will be required by me to carry in original and self attested copy at mumbai and do i need police verification done pre or post issue and will i need to submit my bachelor of commerce degree cerificate for non ecnr stamp?

    • Mahabir Tiwary May 17, 2015 Reply

      My passpost is going to expired on 15.07.2015 , request to provide all require information related to renewal of it . one more thing , My earlier address has been also changed . Last, when i have made passport it was from the Ranchi (Jharkhand) and now i am staying in Jamnagar ( Gujarat) . Please advise ,wheather i may procced for the renewal from Jamnagar region ?

      • dude May 23, 2015 Reply

        You *must* apply from Jamnagar. Passport office can detect if anyone apply from different place from where he is actually staying and he will get fined heavily and a record will be entered under his name permanently for wrongful application details.
        Passport office is not like other central govt dept and have lot of data to cross check via software systems nowadays.
        All info you need is here :
        Register for new user and apply ! Good luck !!

  • santhoshi Apr 28, 2015 Reply

    i received my passport within a week

  • Ram Apr 26, 2015 Reply

    This is useful blog – thanks for the info . Another one that details the same steps that I found…The one below looks to be specific to hyderabad.

  • Lokesh Apr 17, 2015 Reply

    Very useful.. i followed the same and got the passport within a week. Thank you very much

  • Swapan Apr 13, 2015 Reply

    Nice and very helpful. Thanks

  • Ashish Apr 7, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a lot for your detailed post ! That really helped :)

  • chandraskaran Apr 4, 2015 Reply

    renw my old possport no b 2402209

  • chandrasekaran Apr 4, 2015 Reply

    renew my old pass port

    • Dipti Apr 28, 2015 Reply

      Is it nessesary to submit 1yr nationalise bank statement for address proof of renewing my old passport

  • RAM SANEHI SINGH Apr 3, 2015 Reply

    It pleasing to note the experience of such a simple and nice way to get the passport renewed without involving any agent. I remember the days of 1973 when several months have taken to get a passport and difficult part was police verification. Thanks for sharing the wonderful experiance

  • sandesh Mar 31, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a lot for sharing such valuable experience.

  • sajith Mar 25, 2015 Reply

    Very Usefull , Thanks my dear friend

  • Debabrata Mukherjee Mar 21, 2015 Reply

    Already applied for passport on 09.09.2013. But police varification not issued till date,but the passport is urgently required. may i apply for tatkaal?

    • Mubin Jun 8, 2015 Reply

      sir , if i not make it to reach psk office due to illness so what should i do ? i already did 2 times rescheduled my appointment .please help me .

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